English parents tattoo their legs, but these “birthmark” tattoos are most unusual. In an effort to make their one-year-old daughter feel better about the blotchy red marks that run down her leg, the UK couple went to a tattoo artist and had him duplicate the rose-colored birthmarks on mom and dad.
Writes Mashable.com on Feb. 26: “Tattoos can mean many things to different people. These parents got tattooed to help their child feel less alone in the world. Adam and Tanya Phillips’ new ink matches the birthmark on their 18-month-old daughter Honey-Rae, which covers the right side of her body — from her toes to her lower back.”
The Grimsby, UK couple said that as their daughter grows up, they didn’t want her to feel like an “outcast” as she deals with potential ridicule over the permanent birthmarks. So they went and inked up with identical red splotches that extend from each of their lower right feet and toes up to their lower backs. Adam and Tanya each paid approximately $125 for the two-hour tattoo procedure.
“Most people might think it’s very extreme — but to us, it was the natural thing to do to ensure our daughter never felt different or alone in the world,” Tanya said. “We wanted (her) to feel special, that her birthmark was something to feel proud of and not embarrassed by.”
Tanya said that when her daughter was born, she “sobbed” when she saw the severe birthmarks, because she feared that her “baby was going to permanently marked for the rest of her life.”
“Like any (mom) I didn’t want her to be different. I wanted her to be exactly the same as every other healthy child,” she said. “Although in our eyes she was perfect, I knew other people would cruelly point and stare at her.
“For the first few months of her life, whenever we went out, I made sure her legs were covered up. I couldn’t cope with stranger’s curious glances or whispering comments. I didn’t want sympathy or pity or people feeling sorry for Honey-Rae,” Tanya said.
According to UK’s Mirror, that changed last summer when Tanya took her daughter to the market, dressed in shorts and sandals. “I was stood at a check out till, when I saw an old couple whispering and staring at Honey-Rae’s leg,” mom says. “I was distraught. It was first time I had taken her out without covering her up and it confirmed all my worries and fears. People are cruel without even realizing. And I knew if adults could be that insensitive, then kids at school would also be unintentionally mean.”
Honey-Rae’s mom spoke about the pain she endured, but said it was all worth it. “It was incredibly painful, especially as I had a flower to cover some old star tattoos, but it was worth every second of the pain,” Tanya said.
When Tanya and her husband showed off their new tattoos to their daughter, they said they instantly knew their unusual decision was worth it.
“Honey-Rae gently touched it and smiled as she said ‘match,’ as she pointed to her own leg,” Tanya said. “If I’d have needed any reassurance that I’d made the right decision that was it.”
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